Falcon 9 со 143 спутниками на площадке 22 января (SpaceX)

in January, SpaceX put more satellites into orbit than all of humanity in any year prior to 2013


SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket today as part of the Transporter-1 mission after two transfers. The launch took place from the site of the cosmodrome at Cape Canaveral at 18:00 Moscow time as part of a new program of SmallSat Rideshare to reduce costs. By the way, a new record was set for the number of satellites launched into space in one launch – 143.

Falcon 9 with 143 satellites on site January 22 (SpaceX)

Falcon 9 with 143 satellites on site January 22 (SpaceX)

The mission opens up a potentially lucrative business for SpaceX. In 2019, the company introduced SmallSat Rideshare, a program to launch dozens of small satellites of all shapes and sizes. The program offers relatively cheap access to space for small satellite companies, starting at $ 1 million for a 220 kg payload. As part of the SpaceX program, it sends a packet of small satellites.

The Falcon 9 fairing housed 143 satellites, including 48 SuperDove Earth observation satellites for Planet, several miniature CubeSats, 17 tiny communications satellites for Kepler from Toronto, one small nanosatellite called Charlie for Aurora Insight, 30 small satellites for the US and Europe. packaged by the Berlin-based German company Exolaunch, a series of human ashes capsules from Celestis and 10 of Starlink’s own satellites. By the way, the company first displays Starlink satellites into polar orbit. As a result, the number of operating Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit is approaching 1000.

Placement of satellites inside Falcon 9 fairing looks mesmerizing (SpaceX)

The placement of satellites inside the Falcon 9 fairing is mesmerizing (SpaceX)

Soon after the start of the mission, the first stage of the Falcon 9 was successfully landed on the Of Course I Still Love You unmanned barge in the Atlantic Ocean. Transporter-1’s launch comes just 4 days after SpaceX launched 60 of its Starlink satellites, promising to be a busy year for the company.

By the way, according to Harvard astronomer Jonathan McDowell, SpaceX has placed more satellites into orbit in the last 16 days than all of humanity in any year prior to 2013.

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